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Mr Keeling takes a stroll, while Mrs Sandland starts her journey to create the next Wallace & Gromit. Also in this week's issue: edible DNA, a virtual trip to the theatre, our first Silver Award, and much more!


Having just finished our last day of the first week back for Year 10, as a school, we are delighted with a number of aspects. The attendance has been outstanding, the behaviour, in such unusual circumstances, has been impeccable and the atmosphere has been really productive. It appears, quite clearly, that the students were all very eager to be taught in a formal setting again.

Linked to this eagerness I wanted to also reiterate that whilst we would welcome having Year 10 students in more than 1 day a week, we are still following government guidelines which states we can only have 25% of our total Year 10 and 12 cohort at any one point.

I would also like to reinforce the procedures that have been put into place for the smooth and safe running of the day. As part of this, all students that have been in school this week have received the guidelines for conduct both in and out lessons. I am delighted to say they have followed these perfectly. It is vital that this continues next week and for the following weeks thereafter.

I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we try to get back to some form of normality.

Yours Sincerely

Mr R Lyons

(Associate Assistant Headteacher, Head of Bigg House)


The bus timetable published earlier has been updated to include a stop that was missing from service WL03.

Please see the timetables below, for school bus services from Monday 15th June:


Last week the government advised that face coverings should be worn on public transport from 15 June 2020.

OCC has been seeking clarification as to what this means for students travelling on the school bus service. At this stage, they have advised they are expecting guidance to confirm there will be no expectation that a face covering be worn by students travelling on contracted home to school transport routes. As such, Drivers and passengers are to be encouraged to source their own supply if they choose to wear face coverings themselves, but transport providers will not refuse travel for a student who is not wearing a face covering.

Students who use the public transport bus network will be required to follow government guidance and use a face covering when travelling.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-coverings-to-become-mandatory-on-public-transport


This week's newsletter features some beautiful nature photographs taken by our students. There's also an assembly on food and some anti-war poetry. Or why not take a look at the stories (and photos...) of Christie teachers from their school days? And look out for Blackstone house finding a silver lining among the clouds.


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Please do be patient, they will be in touch as soon as they can, bear with us in the meantime.

Thank you


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Dear parents and guardians,

We are pleased to let you know that from next week we will be trialling some live tutor times with students. These are aimed at students having contact with their tutor or another member of staff from their house, as well as having the opportunity to interact with some of their peers from their tutor groups who they may not have had contact with for a long time.

We are aiming to have this in place for next week through Microsoft Teams. Students should have received passwords and log ins for this earlier in the week through their school email. The tutor times will be staggered through the week to account for households with multiple siblings and potentially limited devices. For Y11 tutor time will take place at 9am on a Friday.

In scenarios where the Microsoft Teams meeting is not starting at 9am the tutor will be in contact through Show My Homework noticeboard to indicate the alternate time.

We appreciate that as we move forward to enhance our offer with some live sessions that there may be some teething problems. Where this is the case we will work to rectify them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you have any queries or questions then please do not hesitate to contact.

Regards, Mr Keeling

Assistant Headteacher


The booklet below, published by Oxfordshire County Council, is intended for Year 11s to, "give you some development activities that will help you in your future education or employment steps." It has been expanded this year in light of Covid-19.


Dear parents and guardians,

We are pleased to let you know that from next week we will be trialling some live tutor times with students. These are aimed at students having contact with their tutor or another member of staff from their house, as well as having the opportunity to interact with some of their peers from their tutor groups who they may not have had contact with for a long time.

We are aiming to have this in place for next week through Microsoft Teams. Students should have received passwords and log ins for this earlier in the week through their school email. The tutor times will be staggered through the week to account for households with multiple siblings and potentially limited devices:

  • Y7 - Monday from 9am
  • Y8 - Tuesday from 9am
  • Y9 - Wednesday from 9am
  • Y10 - Thursday from 9am

In scenarios where the Microsoft Teams meeting is not starting at 9am the tutor will be in contact through Show My Homework noticeboard to indicate the alternate time. We will also be beginning to trial some live lesson through Microsoft Teams from next week, students will be notified through Show My Homework.

We appreciate that as we move forward to enhance our offer with some live sessions that there may be some teething problems. Where this is the case we will work to rectify them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you have any queries or questions then please do not hesitate to contact.

Regards, Mr Keeling

Assistant Headteacher